Walking To West End School From Persondy - a Memory of Abercarn.
Walking along Sycamore Street, Persondy, even now in my mind, I passed, the Roberts' house next door, the Walkers, the Ryalls, can't remember the next house but she was German and very fiery, then the Williams, the Hughes'(Colin Hughes?) and then another Hughes family (Frances Hughes?), then the Hoare's, the Webbs, then it gets hazy - the Way's, etc. Down Chapel of Ease Hill, to Thomas's shop, a tiny place. Mrs Thomas would write down all the stuff bought on tick, with a stubby little pencil. Not sure if my parents ever used tick there, but I don't think so. You could go to Thomas' shop on a Sunday morning and pay sixpence to pick some fresh mint from their little garden for mint sauce. On down the hill and cross the main road very carefully - on over the iron canal bridge and down the slope past the open-air baths. Over a concrete walkway crossing the River Ebbw - 'Dont go playing by the river!', and up the track to West End. We all got told off by Mr Phillips one day, A load of us Persondy kids went home for lunch and dawdled a lot on the way back to school and got back late. Chatting very knowledgably about goings on during the War - how the Japanese would bury you with an enamelled bowl strapped to your chest, with a hungry rat inside it!
Sometimes in West End school we'd have PE in the yard, wearing daps (plimpsoles) that we had helped to disinfect!,
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